Magazine article Ebony

10 Tips for Being Well Dressed

Magazine article Ebony

10 Tips for Being Well Dressed

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1 STEP UP AND STAND OUT: Who are you to be fierce, fabulous and flawless? Well (with homage to Nelson Mandela and Marianne Williamson), who are you not to be? This is the live-and-die credo of every self-respecting fashionista. The best-kept secret in the business is don't let your hair make you fat! Being a slave to a hairstyle to the point where fitness gets blown-off for a blow-dry can also ruin your skin. Read Hair Rules by New York City hairstylist Dickie Anthony; it delivered me from beauty shop bondage. A fit body is a fierce body and that's what makes fashion look fabulous.

2 SING A SWAN SONG FOR THE THONG SONG: Low-rise jeans have hit the dust. Sophisticated pencil skirts and high-waisted jeans are the new essentials. Levi's 501s or wide-leg 18th Amendment jeans are IT.

3 THE ALL-DAY SCARF: Scarves work for a girl 24 hours a day, so don't treat this staple like a bald-headed stepchild. Match or contrast the predominate colors in your wardrobe. Big silk squares in dramatic prints work if tied bandana-style with the ends long and flowing down the neck. Gold hoops, a cute 16-inch Gucci link chain with Ray-Ban aviators add up to the look of a jet-setter with a flick of the wrist.

4 EVERYBODY LOVES A REMIX: Puff Daddy is a master at teasing 110 percent out of all he touches. You can too. Hair accessories are a smart way to extend hairstyles. Hairdressers can show you how to use them to make your hair a hit.

5 IT'S ABOUT THE SKIN: Celebrities can inject more wonder drugs into their faces than they stock at the drugstore, but without a skin-care regime--kiss those movie-star looks goodbye! Dirty faces look old and weathered because fine lines and pores become accentuated by grime. Clean it up with Biore pore strips and a deep-cleansing mask. My Park Avenue dentist saved me a mint with the hint, "Crest Premium White Strips for a million-dollar smile. …

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